PoK a part of Jammu and Kashmir, says PM Modi at all-party meet

| Friday, August 12, 2016 - 20:12
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PoK, PM Narendra Modi, Jammu and Kashmir, Hizbul Mujahideen, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Pakistan

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday attended the all-party meet to discuss the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting was called to discuss the ways to settle down the brewing unrest in the valley which erupted after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani by the security forces.

Speaking at the meet, PM Modi said, "There cannot be any compromise on national security. But we have to win the confidence of the people in Jammu and Kashmir." He also restated India's stand that it considered Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) as a part of Jammu and Kashmir.

PM Modi thanked all the political parties for having spoken in one voice on the issue.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while attending the addressees of the meeting said that “like every Indian” he is “deeply pained” by the recent incident in Kashmir but he expressed happiness that all parties have spoken in one voice on the issue.

Opposition leaders at the meeting called for talks to be initiated with all the stake holders in Kashmir, including separatists.

Previously, on Thursday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had told Lok Sabha that India's willingness to discuss the Kashmir issue with Pakistan would be limited to PoK. The Home Minister had categorically ruled out any discussion with Islamabad on Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmir has been on boil for more than a month with thousands injured and more than 50 killed during protests against the killing of the Hizbul Mujahideen commander.

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